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Huskies Sit In First Place Following Day Two OF BIG EAST Championships

Noel James captures title in high jump.

May 5, 2012

Championship Central

TAMPA, Fla. (May 5, 2012) – The Huskies men’s track and field squad sits in the first seat with 47 points following the second day of the BIG EAST Championships on Saturday. Junior Noel James led the squad by capturing the gold medal in the high jump and Jake Warcuh took first in the decathlon.

The Waruch brothers led the Huskies in the decathlon with Jake taking first with 7,230 points and Ben capturing second with 6,944 points. This is the fourth straight year that UConn has had an athlete claim the title in the decathlon.

“It was inspiring to see Noel mount the top step of the podium for the second time in his career. Jake and Ben were brilliant, especially in the 1500 where they worked together to assure a1-2 finish,” stated Head Coach Greg Roy. “We're hoping to ride the momentum the decathletes provided tomorrow.”

The Huskies continue to dominate the men’s decathlon with Ben Waruch claiming first place in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15:09, while brother Jake was second with a time of 15.53Kyle Rowbotham was third (15.57) and Sam Smith was fifth (15.67). 

Jake completed the discus in first place with a toss of 42.84m. Following Jake was Sam Smith in fourth place (38.10m), Ben Waruch in sixth (37.02m) and Rowbotham in eighth (31.91m). The Huskies had their lowest showing in the pole vault with Rowbotham and Ben Waruch leading the way in the pole vault with a fourth place tying leap of 4.15m, while Smith was sixth (4.05m) and Jake in seventh (3.65m).

Smith led Connecticut in the decathlon javelin with a toss of 53.71m and was followed by Jake in second with a throw of 51.42m. Rowbotham finished fourth after a throw of 47.91m and Ben was seventh with a hurl of 47.28m

Meanwhile, senior Eric Alfiere (Beacon Falls, Conn.) captured the bronze in the javelin with a throw of 59.16m and junior Justin Siekerski earned the Huskies four points with a fifth place finish and a toss of 57.63m.

Jake and Ben conquered fourth (4:44.52) and fifth (4:44.65) in the 1,500m in the decathlon, respectively. Smith was sixth in 4:47.08 and Rowbotham was eighth (5:00.54).

Junior Noel James (Whitman, Mass.) took home the BIG EAST crown in the high jump with a leap of 2.10m to give 10 points towards UConn’s total. In the long jump, this week’s BIG EAST Field Track and Field Athlete of the Week Claudio DelliCarpini was 11th with a jump of 7.07m

On the track, senior Joe Clark (West Islip, N.Y.) qualified for Sunday’s finals of the 1,500m run after posting a time of 3:51.88 in the prelims. The Huskies had two qualify for Sunday’s 100 meter dash with sophomore Darnell Cummings (Millbrook, N.Y.) taking third in 10.41 and junior Jesse Drinks (Ossinging, N.Y.) was fifth in 10.37. Cummings also qualified for Sunday’s 200 meter dash with a fifth place finish on Saturday in 21.15.

DelliCarpini and freshman Selwyn Maxwell both qualified for Sunday’s 110m hurdles after posting sixth (14:02) and seventh (14:09) places, respectively.

The Huskies will conclude the BIG EAST Championships on Sunday, May 6 with the track events beginning at 11:10 a.m. and the field events at 10 a.m.